Due to the proximity of the Gibraltar Strait, the wind conditions can change quite quickly in the winter. The Gibraltar Strait emits cold Atlantic waters and, depending on wind direction, the ocean temperature can also change within an hour both in summer and winter. When it's blowing from the south-west cold Atlantic water can be brought all the way to Fuengirola.
The climate in the winter can best be described as autumn in Northern Europe, and lasts from December to January. Spring starts in February and the trees start blooming again. In the mountains around Fuengirola and all of the Malaga province you can find hills with beautiful almond forests.
The precipitation during winter varies considerably from year to year. It is very difficult to tell if you will have lot of sunshine or not if you visit Fuengirola for one or two weeks in the period between October to March. Some winters it can rain for several weeks, while other years there is almost no rain at all. Water rationing has been introduced on a few occasions.
Fuengirola is a small holiday resort with 60,000 inhabitants and between 200,000 and 400,000 tourists. Fuengirola is located midway between Malaga and Marbella. It takes about 30 minutes by car from Malaga or Marbella. The city is suitable for anyone who likes to be in the sun. If you think it is too crowded in August, you can always go to the suburb of Caravajal to rent a comfortable hammock or Torreblanca which is a bit more spacious. The area of Fuengirola is completely melted together with the city of Mijas Costa.
Fuengirola has one of the nicest and longest beaches on the entire coast. Several years in a row, almost all the beaches in Fuengirola have been awarded with the "Blue Flag" which is a quality designation that goes on purity, availability and ease of use.